Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis | Premier League 2018-19
Chelsea went back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of goals from Pedro and Willian. They were made to take the lead twice, but in the end, the Blues held on to go six points clear of 5th placed Arsenal, who are in a spot of bother at the moment.
It wasn't one of the most relentless performances from the hosts, as it's been the case since a couple of months now, but while Maurizio Sarri and co. aim to fix the problem, it is quintessential to churn out victories in order to keep pace with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal.
A stunning header from Ciaran Clark brought the Toons back on level terms, but a sublime finish from Willian was what Chelsea needed to avoid another blip at home.
On that note, let's take a look at the major points from Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.
#1 Chelsea start scrappy but Pedro scores
Chelsea got us underway and as expected, settled into their shape with no fuss. They couldn't quite control the game early on, but the passes kept adding up. The Magpies on the contrary, set up with a wide back five, foiled by a very narrow four-man midfield.
Matt Ritchie, arguably Newcastle's most creative attacking threat, was again made to run his game from left back.
The home side continued to press, but a brilliant run from Pedro on the back of Matt Ritchie was sighted by David Luiz, who sprayed spectacular long passes throughout the game. The centre-back, from 60 yards out, played Pedro in and the Spaniard made absolutely no mistake.
He controlled it with his chest beautifully and did not panic by the presence of an onrushing Dubravka. A composed finish was all it needed.
Sometimes, it's all about playing simple football, making willing runs and scoring goals. Despite all the passes that were racked up in the process of 'Sarri ball', it took one long ball to break open Newcastle's defence.